New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been reinstated as the Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad Constituency this morning. The development comes days after the Supreme Court stayed his conviction in the ‘Modi’ surname remark case.
A notification from the Lok Sabha Secretariat today, confirmed that Gandhi’s disqualification as MP stood revoked. “In view of order dated 04.08.2023 of the Supreme Court of India, the disqualification of Shri Rahul Gandhi, notified vide Gazette Notification No. 21/4(3)/2023/TO(B) dated the March 24, 2023, in terms of the provisions of Article 102 (1)(e) of the Constitution of India read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, has ceased to operate subject to further judicial pronouncements,” the Lok Sabha Secretariat notification read.
Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha after he was convicted in a defamation case by a Surat Court in March this year. The Court convicted him in a defamation case over his ‘Modi’ surname remark and sentenced him to two years in prison.
The Gujarat High Court had dismissed Gandhi’s plea against conviction and observed that “purity in politics” was the need of the hour. Following this, Rahul Gandhi had approached the Supreme Court for staying his conviction in the case.